The Mazzei family’s vision is to make Castello Fonterutoli the most astounding, pure expression of Chianti Classico. Although the Gran Selezione category was only recently introduced, Mazzei have long been dedicated to strict and meticulous fruit selection from their best vineyard plots for this top cuvée, Castello Fonterutoli, first released in 1995.
In the late 1980s, Filippo and Francesco Mazzei were captivated by the idea of creating a top quality paradigm of Chianti Classico. In order to make Gran Selezione, they had to take a bold decision and discontinue their fist and very successful Super Tuscan, Concerto, as they didn’t have enough Sangiovese plantings back then.
Today their Gran Selezione is the result of over 40 years of the family’s viticultural research and winemaking expertise dating back to 1435.
The judges at Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 awarded Castello di Fonterutoli 2015 with a Golden Medal and 96 points:“Vivid, with a fascinating, herbal-led nose and cherry, plum and oak spice notes. Refreshing and serious palate with spicy oak and polished tannins. Exceptional stuff. Plenty of potential yet.” 96 points
“The 2015 vintage was characterised by excellent climatic conditions, which exalted Sangiovese’s quality to the maximum. 2015 has been unanimously described as one of the best vintages of the 21st century.
Our vineyards enjoyed ideal conditions that led to outstanding fruit quality and perfect development of aromatics and polyphenols. Castello Fonterutoli 2015 promises to be harmonious, structured and extraordinarily complex.”
Gionata Pulignani – Technical Director at Mazzei
“It seems that everything is simply outstanding about the 2015 vintage. It’s an excellent year that reminds me of 2007. They were some of the best wines in my red hot summer of tasting in Tuscany”,
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